Unemployment offices closed next 2 Mondays
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[February 11, 2012]
CHICAGO -- The offices of the
Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed the next
two Mondays, Feb. 13 and 20, in observance of state and federal
holidays. Feb. 13 is a state holiday honoring President Abraham
Lincoln. Feb. 20 is a federal and state holiday honoring President
George Washington. It also is referred to as Presidents Day.
reopen on the following day each week: Tuesday, Feb.
14, and Tuesday, Feb. 21. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Because Feb. 20 is a federal banking holiday, some benefit
payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine federal
Although IDES offices will be closed two Mondays, services will
remain available online at
www.ides.illinois.gov. Individuals will be able to file for
first-time unemployment benefits, certify for benefits -- which is
necessary to receive payment -- and switch the method of payment to
IDES customers also can use the website to manage their benefit
payments. For benefit payments, the department encourages direct
deposit. Direct deposit is a simple, smart and secure way to receive
benefits. Debit cards also are available. There are no fees
associated with a debit card at point-of-service counters that
accept MasterCard, such as grocery stores, drugstores and
convenience stores. Cash is available after qualifying purchases.
Fees likely will be assessed with out-of-network ATM machines.
Career planning, training and job placement assistance also are
available through the website. The services encourage individuals to
assess their current skills and identify the training or education
needed to augment those skills so they can find meaningful work.
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The Department of Employment Security also administers tax
credits and bonding programs that reward employers who hire specific
workers, such as military veterans and the formerly incarcerated.
The department hosts workshops to help employers better understand
how insurance claims are evaluated, what is required to successfully
challenge a claim, and other services to help businesses evaluate
current and future growth potential.
IDES supports economic stability by administering unemployment
benefits, collecting business contributions to fund those benefits,
connecting employers with qualified job seekers, and providing
economic information to assist career planning and economic
development. It does so through nearly 60 offices across the state,
including the Illinois workNet Centers.
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Illinois Office of
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